[pydotorg-www] Python Wiki Spam

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Mar 22 12:19:05 CET 2013

On 20.03.2013 15:30, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> On Mar 20, 2013, at 10:08 AM, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>> If we can't get things under control, we will have to start
>> using such a group and disable public editing of pages :-(
> FWIW, we've long had this policy on the Mailman wiki.  It was the only
> successful way to control spam.  Sign up is open (and yes, we occasionally
> have to delete profile spam), but folks have to email the mailman-cabal to
> request write/edit access.  We don't get a lot of such requests, so the
> process is quite manageable, and we get almost zero spam now.

Did this have an effect on the number of editors of the wiki ?

The usual complaint when doing this is that you prevent quick
edits (e.g. typo corrections) by raising the bar in this way.

After the recent updates to the textchas, the profile spam
has apparently stopped:


So perhaps making the textchas a little more complicated and also
starting a process to accept people to the trusted editor group
would solve the problem.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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